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Dec 3, 2012 9:00pm PST
convinced them to stand down. from a colleague at the embassy in tripoli i learned chris had a humble style of diplomacy libyans responded to after he became ambassador and returned to tripoli, the embassy posted a photo, ordering a juice in a cafe. that went viral because libyans were amazed at the site of a senior government official doing mundane activities without a huge entourage and demanding vip treatment. chris had a great knowledge of libyan history and culture. he would often crack jokes with government counter parts. not just in arabic but in the libyan dialect, which the libyans loved to hear him speak. another told me when i saw him in may as newly appointed ambassador in tripoli he had not changed, despite the promotion and accolades. he was the same guy. lingering one night after dinner to help me with a difficult table, i referred to him as sir or ambassador. he looked at me for a second, he sighs and he said i wish everyone would just call me chris. he loved the work, loved the people, but he never took himself too seriously. people talk about what a good diplomat he
Dec 12, 2012 9:30pm PST
kind of different element but one time he told me story when he was serving in tripoli and then in benghazi. he walked on the street of benghazi and looked over his back and saw two people following. whereever he goes they follow him. hen he stop and he went up to them and he said hello, how are you. yeah, they speak with him. they invite for coffee. these people of course are service. maybe not to protect him in first days but see what he is doing, his contact. this is the type of government we need in this world. he didn't go to them to protest why you are following me. no, he became friends. they became friends. this is chris stevens. i really cry for my family and -- with my family for chris when they hear this news. we lost a friend. we lost a supporter and lost a hero. chris stevens is a hero and part of the libyan history. part of the libyan revolution. his name will never forget. we will never forget him. i'm sure that his name and his achievement will be part of the history. we again are sorry we cannot protect this professional diplomat who came to help us in a very criti
Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm EST
imaginable ambassador burns, did the government allow us our security detail to travel from tripoli to benghazi to take weapons with them or did they have to rely on the limited weapons that were available to them and benghazi? >> mr. sherman this is on the night of september 11th? >> this is when the ambassador flew from tripoli to benghazi. >> i don't know the answer to the question. >> please do get that because this is a government that has restricted the number of security personnel that we can have on our diplomatic missions. >> i don't know if there are any particular restrictions, and in the accountability review board report, the, you know, in areas of inadequacy that are identified don't have to do with the libyan government restrictions. they have to do with judgments that were not made about increasing the number of staffing. >> okay. i will ask you to simply answer for the record. but i believe that the libyan government hasn't granted us the right to use our air force over the air space to defend our diplomats in the future. most governments wouldn't but here is a governm
Dec 22, 2012 2:00pm EST
diplomat from 2004-2006 when a small group of us were sent to tripoli to basically laid the foundation for picking the embassy. i, you know, spend a lot of time in the middle east, sometimes i wonder whether i should a steady japanese like when i was in college because the degree of change ability, it's a drama continuing, but there's a certain something about the region and the people and the disparate culture which is really quite gripping and the more that you get into it the more you become passionate about it. i'm simply very passionate about libya. essentially some of the reflections that i heard, the commentary that was made to me while i was posted in libya were basically driving desire to write this book because a number of people came up to me. very surprising in different contexts, different taxi drivers, police to make lots of money as middlemen between the regime and the private sector, former mark -- former monarchy, people who have been parliamentarians' back in the 60's said, look, we understand that there is this preparation going on. you realize that if you -- this is
Dec 9, 2012 8:00pm EST
in benghazi and tripoli, gadhafi was rumored to have gone into a tremendous funk for a period of several months, really income pass at a timed, and fast forward, and it looks like it happened after the beginning of the revolution. you know, that mentality seemed to provoke a deep rooted feeling that he would like -- that he needed to somehow both retaliate, and once he retaliated, exonerate himself. if you look at the major events in u.s., libya, and global libya relations over the years after the late 1980s, you know, you have the locker bombing, a seminal, you know, event in the -- what would be next, plunging libya into a period of extended sanctions, and so the -- you know that's -- everything -- all of the negotiations with the west happened after that point were somehow, once he was fingered for the lockerbie, you know, that criminal act, everything that was done, the bulgarian nurse's case is one example. we can talk about that a bit later, but there were a number of actions taken designed in some way to mitigate or deflect responsibility for that act and to try to get him
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Dec 13, 2012 10:00pm PST
went to libya -- remember, i went to tripoli, i was able to visit with individuals with 1st hand knowledge. we asked not just about the four people who were injured injured, who was injured, how many were injured and where are they? i have asked three major television networks to help me and fox news and part of the big network it's none of them have been given this information. it's been typical when we have people killed killed in iraq, afghanistan, the names are held for maybe 48 hours, but we don't know how many they are, who the families are, we would like to talk to them. >> greta: as a house republican, you are in the majority party, why don't you drop a subpoena on someone at the state department to show up and ask that person under oath who are the people who were evacuated from benghazi? and where are they? >> believe me, i am a little bit frustrated that we have not been issuing subpoenas. what we are waiting for, though, is the state department to issue their report. remember, they said they weren't going to offer any information until the blue ribbon commission was d
Dec 9, 2012 5:35pm EST
provide an update on what is happening in tripoli from your vantage point. caller: i just spent a couple of days up there. it is the second set of web and on. -- city of lebanon. sunni muslims car the prevalent population and prevalent rebel group. there's been periodic combat there between sunni gunmen and people who are part of the sect. the resident, a think, 14 or 15 people killed. -- there has been, i think, 14 or 15 people killed. the has been battles up there. it feels like a mirror image of syria right now. host: are u.s. intelligence officials or military leaders talking to these circassian rebel groups? is there a line of communication-- syrian rebel groups? is there a line of communication with these potential leaders? caller: it is a little bit unclear who is a moderate. the range of fighters goes from very conservative islamic to groups that are like al qaeda. it is not clear who exactly the americans are trying to deal with. they want to deal with defectors. there are defectors coming from the secular military. once you're in the country, it feels clear these defecto
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Dec 29, 2012 4:00am EST
, embassy tripoli did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy with washington for increased security for special mission in benghazi. that means the consulate. lou: here's the other binding after one paragraph. in the days and months and weeks leading up to it, were inadequate. despite repeated requests and special mission in benghazi and embassy tripoli for additional staffing. judith miller, reconcile what was directly contradictory findings within a paragraph of one another. >> secretary of state clinton is going to have to answer that question. i think this is an incredibly damning report about the administration. the behavior and security posture in benghazi. questions are going to be asked and they will have to be entered. lou: whitewash an incredibly damning report. ambassador bolton? >> we don't know if it named any names like ttree people who was resigned today, but i can tell you that we had a lot of jobs that the state department posted. when someone is going to take the fall of the department, that is the price that they take. i can't tell you, they can't read th
Dec 20, 2012 8:00pm EST
tripoli and benghazi. as we look at the report, we know what happened, and i would like to know, do you intend to put it to process -- to put in to place a process that would allow for a second review of the request by another body within the state department? because it seems like what happened is request came and went one particular individual or desk and never saw the light of day. >> one of the recommendations that we have is look at the ask. how are they given to us, how we exam the request, and yes, whether he learn from the incidents in libya and to be very clear about digging in to the request as i point out earlier. we have begun to set up individual tasks to look in to that. >> may i ask one last quick question? it was it appropriate to rely on them to guard american personnel. how was it made and how do we avoid the types of failure. are there standards policy and procedures for the hiring of them with the libyan anomaly or other facilities around the world where we rely on the same type. >> as you know, senator boxer, we have -- the fact for us on the ground is rely on the l
Dec 20, 2012 6:00am EST
people who were on the scene that night. who were in tripoli. who were in washington. we spoke to military and intelligence officials, including many state department personnel, and to experts who did not work for the united states government. throughout the process we enjoyed cooperation from the department of state, and the interagency partners. the decision to brief you on the report findings reflect a commit to transparency that the department's -- at the department's highest levels. but we give you a brief introduction to the events that night. then ask admiral mullen if he would then share the findings of the report. then i will return briefly to talk about the overarching recommendations. what happened on september 11 was a series of attacks in multiple locations by unknown assailants that ed and flowed over a period of almost eight hours. the u.s. security personnel were heroic and their efforts to protect colleagues, including ambassador stevens. they did their best that they possibly could with what they had. but they had was not enough. even for the -- either for the ge
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
in 1797, a key time, between the united states and tripoli. in that treaty the u.s. government says the government of the united states of america is not in any sense founded on the christian religion. there are also courses approved vision for the total separation of church and state in the founding doctrine, correct? >> no, i don't think the total separation of church and sta is in the bible, there's total disebb stabment, emerges in the 19th century. >> wer they dominantly christian, as if it was not founded as a nation free of any required state religion? >> no, i -- no, i -- this -- >> therefore, it was a secular nation, as they saw it, and they wanted it that way. >> i think you have to talk about whether it's by law or by culture. and i think most everybody would have understood early on that by law, the nation was secular, but by choice, the nation was -- in otr words, its people were christians and there's always been that dynamic, people have always understood there's a tension there between a population that's largely christian but uses its freedom to choose christiity an
Dec 19, 2012 2:00am PST
panel was highly critical of the state department saying they ignored arrests in tripoli for more guards and security upgrades relied who heavily on specific requests instead of security. and used unprotect militia to protect the compound. the report also found the attack was not the result of protests over anti-islamic video as first reported. in a letter to congress, secretary of state hillary clinton said she accepts all of the panel's 29 recommendations writing there is no higher priority for me or my department. >>> though there seems to be progress still no fiscal cliff deal in washington. house speaker john boehner said he has a backup plan. but that's not enough for one in three americans who according to a new survey are cutting back on spending due to fears of going over that cliff. nbc's tracie potts joins us now with more. good morning. >> reporter: mara, good morning. good morning, everyone. there is brand new evidence in that survey that americans are really feeling the squeeze before we've even gone over the cliff, plus republicans are changing their strategy. repub
Dec 21, 2012 5:30am PST
north africa, so for both tripoli and benghazi, it will be cloudy, the chance of some showers. 19 degrees in cairo as a maximum. along the coast, for the west, whitely dryer -- likely dryer. solutions for america, friday, 7:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00 p.m. pacific. >> hello again. top stories on al jazeera, at least 30 people have been killed in southeastern kenya. the deaths in the delta region have been blamed on fighting between the orma and pokomo tribes. the first round of the draft for the egyptian constitution is planned for friday. u.s. president barack obama says he will work with congress to avert spending cuts and tax hikes in the new year. where republicans budget bill to avert the -- a republican budget bill to avert hit the fiscal cliff was killed in the house. 20 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in sri lanka. 14 people are missing. tens of thousands of people have been affected. more now from miguel fernandez. >> the worst destruction seen in the center province of sri lanka. behind me, this was washed down by a wall of mud a few days ago. five of th
Dec 30, 2012 5:30am PST
monday. for tripoli and toward the benghazi. cairo, a high of 21. in the u.k., quite a bit of flooding as the system has pushed persons thursday. unfortunately, this is what it looks like on the ground. a lot of the areas here are flooded and the water levels are quite high. we have warnings in effect across the area. look at the forecast. as you can see, another system coming out of the atlantic so we will start with the lighter showers. by the target to tuesday, showers will increase. where the rest of europe, we're looking at an ice conditions. non-profite, pro-people. >> welcome back. the top stories are now the zeroth, wounded dr. 21 of his colleagues were found shot dead in a remote tribal region. the officers were kidnapped on thursday. hundreds of suny muslims -- sunni muslims protesting that they're getting targeted for arrest. they have been protesting for days. prayer is being held in india for a gang rape victim who died from her injuries. her body was cremated after being flown back from singapore. six men are being charged with her murder. let's get more now on t
Dec 10, 2012 4:00am PST
tripoli on sunday, 12 others were wounded. also u.s. and russian diplomats met in moscow again sunday trying to broker a cease-fire. as david martin reports there's growing concern that al qaeda is influencing the rebels. >> reporter: videos set to show the aftermath of a syrian air strike shows graphic evidence of a life-and-death battle, which high-level diplomats say is bad and getting worse. despite its air power, the assad regime appears increasingly defensive. it includes a global number of radical islamists. >> the jihadees are getting big and bigger. the longer the conflict goes on, the bigger it will get. >> reporter: the gee ha des are an offshoot of al qaedas in iraq. according to jeffrey white, a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, they are now turning the tide against the assad regime. >> they are very good fighters. they are -- they give the rebels a combat edge. they're quite willing to die, they fight on all key fronts, they're involved in many of the key actions. these are not people we want to win. >> reporter: but the rebels making inroads on
Dec 20, 2012 4:00pm PST
tripoli. there was confusion over who really had responsibility for making sure that the mission was to cheer. ultimately, the report primarily blamed the bureaucrats back in washington for not paying close attention to this mission even as the security was getting worse. >> also and the report was how the state department did not spend on security. >> they talked about a culture of saving money. it got down to the point where in benghazi they were arguing whether there should be 3 diplomatic agents on the ground or five. they were nickel-and-diming the officials in the field and they need to spend more money on marine guards as well as spending more money to secure these facilities. >> do you think that we will see more of the u.s. military protecting u.s. diplomats abroad? >> the deputy secretary of state went up to congress today told lawmakers that they are counting on an additional 225 marine guards going out to nearly three dozen embassies around the world. the bigger question the pentagon will face is if they have to have more troops to be alert to respond to emergencies of co
Dec 23, 2012 10:30am EST
u.s. security agents. benghazi, tripoli and washington coordinated effectively with each other on the night of the attacks. the interagency response was timely and appropriate. but there was not enough time for u.s. military forces to have made a difference. having said that, it is not reasonable nor feasible to tether u.s. forces at the ready to respond to protect every high risk post in the world. we have found that there was no immediate tactical warning of the september 11 attacks. if there was a knowledge gap in the intelligence community's en understanding of extremist militias in benghazi -- in this context, increased violence .ailed to com we did not find that any individual u.s. government employee engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities. we did conclude that certain state department bureau level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrate a lack of leadership and management ability a program for senior ranks and their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission. i
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Dec 5, 2012 8:00pm PST
troops at the embassy in tripoli? i mean, libya is an arab spring country. there is there is an uprising in cairo another arab spring country why wouldn't you rush back to the safety and security. again we come back to the fact that stevens said he didn't feel secure why not go back to tripoli and be with your troops and make sure you they're in case anything happens. he didn't. he stayed in benghazi. >> bill: now, when you have -- those are legitimate questions. all americans would like answers to. we are not going to get them. the president won re-election. this was in play during the campaign. the american people haven't embraced the story you can't force them to. i don't think you are ever going to get answers to those questions. >> at the end of the day sciewfn rice comes out. hillary was there at andrews air force base on the 14th to receive the bodies along with the president and the vice president. yet 48 hours later she is gone. she can't do the sunday talk show circuit. this thing should haunt hillary clinton. believe me it was a political decision by mrs. clinton to not go out
Dec 20, 2012 10:00am PST
security. we know that tripoli asked. the report said they didn't ask hard enough. it's really not their responsibility. so what happened was they had all this information, and they processed it through the state department, and that leadership just failed to note the security around that -- around the ambassador when he traveled to benghazi, and a security of the special mission. not that they had to have it as a standard mission security status because it was a temporary facility, but the physical security part of it was just so wrong to fit the security threat that it resulted in the death of four americans. >> should we stop relying on local militias? there's security cam video showing that the libyan militias got in their pickup truck and ran at the first shot that was fired. >> well, i argue whose ever decision it was to hire them in the first place it was an awful decision. you had a grood group that was ill trained, ill equipped. they were having work problems. i mean, sometimes they would show up. sometimes they wouldn't. sometimes their weapons would be in working order.
Dec 2, 2012 8:30am PST
department cable from tripoli that indicated concern with the security. some improvements were made. they were, clearly, inadequate improvements. and the outside security departed when they saw people with guns coming down the street. we looked at the video and saw that. but i am also concerned about other places. i have shared my concerns with the pack taken ambassador over the pashure security situation -- situation-- >> schieffer: could i say-- >> as well as yemen. >> schieffer: let me ask you this. if there was this concern, is this why susan rice gave kind of a different story when she was on the television? was there a koch here to try to cover up things that should have been done and weren't done and just said al qaeda was not a threat? >> now you come down to the merit of hastily prepared talking points. i do not believe the intelligence community should prepare these talking point. i think additionally, i think somebody should have picked the phone and asked a survivor, what happened. tell me the story the, the next morning. general petraeus beache briefed us on the 13th. t
Dec 20, 2012 6:00am EST
upgrades in tripoli and benghazi. and as we look at this report, we know what happened. and you would like to know do you intend to put it to preface -- sorry, to put into place a preface that would allow for a second review of these requests by another body within the state department? because it seems like what happened is the request came, it went to one particular individual or desk, and then it never saw the light of day. .. >> as you know, senator boxer, we rely on the commission which whatever over -- the fact for us on the ground is relying on the local government, the governments to protect us. we have to do that because we do not have the ability to have enough troops on the ground and most of the country will not allow us. so we are one of the tasks secretary clinton asked, when we send out the assessment team, to very good questions. i countries intent to protect us and their ability to protect us. sometimes those two are different. what we referred to as the new normal, we have to ask yourself those questions. >> would you write to us and let us know if there's any other
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